Jack Rooney | May 23, 2018
The day after the Pulitzer Prize Board named Carlos Lozada ’93 a finalist for the prize for criticism, he celebrated with his students.
Lozada is the Washington Post’s nonfiction book critic, and the Pulitzer board recognized him “for criticism that dug deep into the books that have shaped political discourse — engaging seriously with scholarly works, partisan screeds and popular works of history and biography to produce columns and essays that plumbed the cultural and political genealogy of our current national divide.”
That’s high praise for someone who balances his day job with an adjunct professorship in Notre Dame’s Washington, D.C., program (not to mention time with his wife and three young children). But for the last nine years, Lozada has juggled several different positions at the Post while also teaching American Political Journalism. And at the end of every semester, he hosts current and former students at his home for a pizza party. This semester, the celebration fell on April 17, the day after the Pulitzer announcements.
“It was great,” Lozada says. “It was like my first little celebration was with my students. . . They were thrilled. They wanted to know all about it. And it was exciting for me, too.”
In only his third year as the Post’s book critic, this year’s Pulitzer recognition isn’t the first time Lozada’s keen eye for criticism has garnered national acclaim. In 2016, the National Book Critics Circle honored him for excellence in book reviewing. In his acceptance speech for that award, Lozada explained how he approaches nonfiction criticism.
“Nonfiction books are not just great literature, or big ideas, or feats of writing and reporting,” he said. “They are, overwhelmingly, news.”
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